Minimally Invasive Surgery Course

The benefits of minimally invasive surgery (MIS) techniques, such as reduced postoperative pain and quicker recovery, are well documented. The shift from traditional open surgical procedures to the use of minimally invasive techniques continues to change the strategic approach for many types of operative procedures.


The goal of this course is to present a review of the key perioperative nursing considerations for patients undergoing MIS procedures.


  • Describe the key perioperative nursing considerations for patients undergoing MIS procedures.
  • Identify specific precautions that must be taken regarding the risk factors inherent in MIS procedures (eg, positioning, insufflation, and energy sources).
  • Identify strategies that can be used to ensure proper functioning of the equipment routinely used in MIS procedures.


This course consists of four modules.

Module 1

Reviews preoperative risk factors related to MIS procedures: positioning, including the development of venous stasis; fluid management; and intraoperative use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

Module 2

Discusses intraoperative nursing considerations, including positioning, equipment use, and troubleshooting.

Module 3

Focuses on complications associated with MIS.

Module 4

Discusses postoperative patient care considerations.

Documentation for all phases of care will be integrated into each module.


Members: $145

Non-Members: $265

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After purchasing the course, learners receive an email with a link providing course access. After initial login, learners can also access the courses via MyAORN.

Contact Hours

Learners receive 8 Contact Hours after passing the Post Test in each module with a score of at least 80% and completing the Course Evaluation. Contact hours expire 6/12/17.

AEU Credit

This program is approved for 8 hours of AEU credit by BASC Provider #0102.

AEU credit is available upon request and only by contacting Experience Services at or 800-755-2676.

Course Length and Extension

This course is accessible for 4 months from the date of enrollment. If an extension is needed, there is a $50 fee per month, with a maximum extension of 4 months. Extension months must be consecutive. Please call Experience Services at 800-755-2676 to request an extension.

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